loose cannon definition

  • noun:
    • Slang One that is uncontrolled and therefore poses danger: "[His] bloopers in the White House seem to make him . . . a political loose cannon” ( Tom Morgenthau).
    • a cannon that breaks loose during struggle or a storm and results in really serious problems for the ship as well as its staff
    • an uncontrolled or unpredictable one who causes damage to their very own faction, political celebration etc.
    • someone who is expected to do a certain task but that is unmanageable and dangerous
  • verb:
    • To act you might say such as for example to cause injury to ones own faction, governmental party etc.

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